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6 Tips for Training a Stubborn Dog

dog train chrystalBy Linda Cole

My dog Keikei is a snap to train. I have no doubt if I put in the time and effort to train her, she could perform at Carnegie Hall. Well…perhaps that’s setting a lofty goal. My point is, she’s always eager to learn. My dog Dozer, on the other hand, has a stubborn streak a mile wide. He’s just as capable of learning, especially with tasty CANIDAE treats as a motivator, but working with him can be frustrating.

Trying to change a natural behavior can take time and understanding, but even a hardheaded canine can learn how to behave. Treat your dog with respect, use positive reinforcement, make learning fun, keep training sessions short and stick to your training program. Some canines learn faster than others; the important thing is to never give up. Training a stubborn dog can be challenging, but here are 6 tips that can help.

Train in a Quiet, Stress Free Environment

Only work on one command at a time, in an area of your home where there’s no distractions. Don’t try to train your dog outside where he’s constantly bombarded with things that grab his attention. You want him to focus on you and not on squirrels chasing each other around a tree. Once your dog has mastered basic commands like sit, stay, down, drop it and watch me, then you can take him outside and practice where there are distractions. After all, one purpose of teaching your pet how to behave is so you can control him inside and outside the home.
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6 Reasons Your Pet Might Seek You Out

pets seek us dennisBy Linda Cole

My dog Max enjoys sitting outside in his pen on a low table so he can see the surrounding area – just in case he needs to protect his turf from a squirrel, cat or other “dangers” in the yard. When he spots an intruder he leaps from his perch and races to the gate, barking as he runs. Then he trots excitedly back to me, barking as if to say “Come and look.” Pets place their trust in us and have many reasons why they might seek us out. It may be nothing more than the excitement of seeing another animal, but it could also be because they need your help or are trying to warn you of danger.


Like human family members, our dogs and cats might be off doing their own thing, such as chasing imaginary prey in their sleep, barking at squirrels, or gazing through a window at the birds. Most pets aren’t able to spend their entire waking moments with their owner, and they enjoy having some alone time. However, if you have a strong bond with your dog or cat, sooner or later they will come to you for a relaxing massage, back scratching, some playtime or just to say hello.
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6 Learning Games to Play with Your Puppy

learning games anatheaBy Linda Cole

Once you get a puppy home, it doesn’t take long to discover that he’s a whirlwind of energy, and dealing with his curiosity and playfulness is no easy task. Playing learning games with your puppy can help him bond with you, work off some of that boundless energy, stimulate his mind and teach him some basic commands. It’s also a good way to learn who your new puppy is as an individual.

A puppy’s education should begin the day you bring him home. Playing games gives your pup physical and mental exercise, as well as the opportunity for positive and fun interaction with you. Learning games can also help curb destructive behavior while your puppy discovers how you want him to behave. Teaching your pup basic commands gives him a solid foundation to build on so he’s ready for more challenging commands when he’s older. Reward him with CANIDAE PURE training treats, lots of positive praise and patience. Here are six learning games:

Come Puppy

Create a circle with family and friends sitting on the floor. Make sure everyone has a supply of treats. Put the puppy in the middle of the circle and take turns calling him to come. When he does, give him a treat, praise and ear scratching. Don’t get too rough with him so he doesn’t get overly excited. This is a good way to teach your puppy the come/recall command, as well as work on socialization.
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How Pets Help People With Chronic Pain

pets help pain anne beaumontBy Linda Cole

Growing up with a parent who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, I saw firsthand the difficulties someone with chronic pain lives with each day. It can be hard to get up in the morning, do daily chores and give 100% at work. My mom did the best she could with everyday activities. I know how tough it was at times, but her pets gave her motivation to crawl out of bed each morning. Pets are beneficial to our health in many ways, and they can help people with chronic pain.

We all experience pain at some point in our lives. Whether it’s chronic pain or acute pain from an injury or medical issue, pain is a normal sensation in the nervous system that says pay attention. Acute pain is generally something that can be treated. Chronic pain is much different, and defined as pain that lasts for at least three months or longer. The impact of chronic pain can range from mild irritation to life changing restrictions that can affect a person’s emotional and social outlook as well as physical health.
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What If Pets Could Text?

pet texts daniBy Linda Cole

Most people never leave home without their phone these days. Having the ability to communicate at any time by calling or texting is convenient. Pets don’t have opposable thumbs, which makes it difficult to type…but what if your pet could send a text to let you know what’s going on when you aren’t at home? Here are some of the exchanges that might occur:

Dog: The cat’s being mean 2 me
Human: What do you mean?
Dog: Exactly
Human: No. How is the cat being mean?
Dog: Hissed at me and said KMFB
Cat: Yes, I told the dog to kiss my furry behind
Human: Why?
Cat: I was asleep in his bed when he yanked it out from under me
Human: Well, it is his bed
Cat: He wasn’t using it
Human: Go sleep in your own bed
Cat: Pfffft! That dinky thing? HAW
Human: What’s HAW?
Cat: Look it up on my text abbreviations for tech-savvy felines
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Do Cats Really Ignore Their People?

cat study amyBy Linda Cole

Our feline friends are very good at disguising their true feelings. Sometimes it’s hard to know if your cat stares at you for attention or because she’s plotting her next move. Two of my cats will come when called, but the others usually don’t, unless I’m dishing out their CANIDAE cat food. Even though most felines don’t obey commands like our canine friends do, a 2013 study found that cats generally do care about their people and really don’t ignore us.

When cats made the decision to move in and interact with humans around 9,000 years ago, it wasn’t necessary for them to obey commands from people. They went about their business catching the rodents that were attracted to crops, and humans like having them around because of their hunting skills. The more docile kitties were most likely allowed into homes. The wildcat ancestors of modern day house cats essentially domesticated themselves, but there wasn’t really a reason for cats to develop a responsive behavior towards us.
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